This orange teriyaki chicken is easy, quick, healthy, and delicious! Skip the frozen or restaurant orange chicken and try this healthier version of the classic Asian dish! It’s a cross between orange chicken (minus the inflammatory fried breading) plus a hint of teriyaki flavor from the coconut aminos. This dish is soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free! You are sure to love this sweet and tangy chicken!
What I love about this chicken is that it’s super versatile. Eat it plain with steamed broccoli on the side. Or try the chicken in a wrap, with cauliflower rice or brown rice, or over a salad! The orange and ginger give the chicken a zesty, fresh flavor while coconut aminos grounds the dish and provides that teriyaki flavor.
What is Orange Teriyaki Chicken Made Of?
The ingredients needed for this recipe are simple and healthy! The recipe is only for one serving, so if you’re cooking for more than yourself, simply double or triple the recipe! The ingredients needed include the following:
- orange juice, from a fresh orange
- coconut aminos
- avocado oil
- ginger powder
What is Coconut Aminos and Is It Healthy?
Coconut aminos is an amazing substitute for soy sauce if you’re allergic or have sensitivities to soy or gluten. It’s made from coconut sap, but it doesn’t taste like coconut at all. It has a similar taste to soy sauce and actually has quite the list of health benefits!
Coconut aminos is lower in sodium than soy sauce. While I personally don’t watch my sodium intake (I have low blood pressure and have actually been told to eat more salt!), but for those who do watch their sodium intake, coconut aminos is a great option!
Coconut aminos contains almost all of the amino acids that we need to function (17 out of 20). Amino acids are the building blocks that makeup protein, so they help with muscle repair, nerve function, brain health, and nutrient absorption. Our body can only make about 10 of these amino acids on its own, which is why it’s important to include them in our diet.
You can find coconut aminos in almost all stores now, usually by the soy sauce section!
How to Make Orange Teriyaki Chicken
Start by making the sauce by whisking the orange juice, garlic, coconut aminos, avocado oil, honey, ginger, and salt in a small bowl or jar.
Cut the chicken into strips or cubes. Heat some oil in a fry pan. When it’s heated, add the chicken and sauce.
Stir fry the chicken for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. The sauce should have started to thicken by this point.
Remove the chicken from the pan and enjoy!
Orange Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli
- 1 orange juiced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ tsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- ½ tsp honey
- ⅛ tsp ginger powder
- dash salt
- 1 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
- 1 chicken breast sliced or cubed
- 1 cup broccoli
- optional: extra coconut aminos for dipping
- Whisk the orange juice, garlic, coconut aminos, avocado oil, honey, ginger, and salt in a small bowl or jar.
- Heat about 1 Tbsp of oil in a medium frypan over medium heat.
- Add the chicken and dressing.
- Stir fry for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has started to thicken and absorb into the chicken.
- Remove the chicken and set it aside. Place the broccoli in the pan and stir around with the leftover dressing.
- Pour 1-2 Tbsp of water into the pan. Cover and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until desired tenderness.